Our Shame … Our Embarrassment

My single largest fear, when it appeared that Donald Trump might actually win the 2016 election, was not about internal or domestic policies, though they certainly do weigh heavily.  My single greatest fear, however, was in the area of foreign relations and foreign policy, for it was already obvious that Trump had no inkling about how nations interact, and it was also obvious that he was unlikely to take advice from anybody else.  Although he swore his intent to surround himself with “the best people”, we all knew that he defines ‘best’ quite differently than most of us.  So, when he was declared the winner of the electoral, though not the popular, vote in the wee hours of November 9th, 2016, I was bracing for a series of foreign policy catastrophes and hoping against all hope that Congress and high-level advisors would be able to contain the worst of the damage.

That said, I was in no way prepared for the calamity that Trump has wrought upon our nation in the last 16 months, and most especially in the last month … actually, the very worst may have come in the last 3 days, though it may be followed by worse on the morrow. For you see, not only is Trump acting out of ignorance, but he is acting out of malice, out of an obvious desire to destroy long-term alliances and either isolate the U.S. in a way that is not sustainable, not in our best interests, and very dangerous in today’s global environment, or he seeks to realign with our nemesis, Russia.

What he and his advisors have done in a short 24-hour period to our relations with our closest neighbor, Canada, is appalling and unconscionable.  Last week I expressed the opinion that it might be best if he did not attend the G7.  This week I am thoroughly convinced it would have been better.  Trump, who does not understand global trade, but thinks of himself as a master ‘wheeler-dealer’, put the final straw on the camel’s back of our relationship with Canada and the EU, particularly Canada.

Trump came to office proclaiming, incorrectly, that the U.S. has been taken advantage of by its trading partners. He has sought to renegotiate trade agreements and threatened to impose tariffs on countries that resisted.  Trump sees international trade agreements as a win/lose situation and he is determined to be the winner.  In reality, such agreements as NAFTA are not a win/lose proposition, but a win/win one in which each side makes some concessions and both sides gain.  But Donald Trump is willing to make no concessions, not willing to budge one inch from what he perceives as his rightful win.

Trump left the G7 meetings early, skipping out on the discussions about climate change, which was just as well, since he had nothing positive to add and would likely have derailed any serious discussions in an effort to take center stage as he always does.  At the conclusion of the G7, there was a press conference where a reporter asked Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau about the U.S. tariffs and whether Trudeau was taking seriously Trump’s threats to cut off trade with any country that failed to do Trump’s bidding.  Trudeau responded …

“I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry, particularly did not take lightly the fact that it’s based on a national security reason that for Canadians, who either themselves or whose parents or community members have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in far off lands and conflicts from the First World War onwards, that it’s kind of insulting. And highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA and that it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us.  I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”

Although it was a very reasonable and well-reasoned comment, when Trump heard of it he went into a rage, tweeting …

“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!”

And …

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

There was nothing either dishonest or weak in what Mr. Trudeau said – and he was well within his rights to say it.  But even that wasn’t the worst of it.  On the Sunday morning talk shows, Trump’s minions took the whole thing to the next level of idiocy and most likely cost us the friendship of a treasured ally.

Canada wall-2On CBS’ Face the Nation, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow:  “So, he holds a press conference. The president is barely out of there, on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us. You know, he starts talking about U.S. is insulting Canada. We are not — we, Canada, are not going to be pushed around.”

Then Kudlow hopped right over to CNN’s State of the Union, where he said: “Potus is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around – push him, Potus around, on the eve of this. He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea. Nor should he.”

Trump’s Twitter finger was apparently bored in Singapore, and he jumped back in …

“Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!”

But possibly the most obnoxiously insulting barb came from Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro appearing on Fox News Sunday:

“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door, and that’s what Bad Faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.”

Trump, Kudlow and Navarro all sound like a bunch of West Side thugs, which is just about all they are.

Canada, however, responded to the assaults in an adult manner with diplomacy and tact.  Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Quebec City:

“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks … and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally.”

At this juncture, I would like to humbly and sincerely apologize to Prime Minister Trudeau and all Canadians on behalf of myself and the majority of citizens in this nation for the inane and unfair language and behaviour of our representatives.  We would not blame you if you closed your borders to U.S. citizens and you would be well within your rights to do so, but we hope that you won’t.  Please forgive us.

49 thoughts on “Our Shame … Our Embarrassment

  1. Putin’s Puppet is an embarrassment to any thinking American. It is beyond understanding how anyone could continue supporting Trump after the antics at and following the G7 summit. Do his minions truly believe that burning these bridges will be in our best interests. This is like a never ending nightmare!

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    • Sadly yes, some of his followers … perhaps all or most of them … applaud his buffoonery, for they see it as “strength”. I see it as horrid behaviour and inexcusable out of a world leader. We are spiraling backward and unless I miss my guess, we are gong to see that economy he keeps bragging about start on a downward slide before much longer. It is a never-ending nightmare. I keep hoping to wake up and find it was all a bad dream, but so far it hasn’t happened. Sigh.

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  2. Thank-You-Jill. YOU are an American. I am thanking you, as a Canadian, on behalf of all Canadians who, if they read your post, would also send you their heartfelt thanks. Perhaps the breach is not beyond mending, but someone’s got to deal with that White House fool. Thankfully, though one wonders why not, the Idiot of Idiots did not hint at military retaliation against Canada. Sure, the US would win in a day, but to what end?

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    • Thank you, Sha’Tara! It is important that Canadians … well, the world, really … understand that Donald Trump is NOT representative of the majority in this nation. I am so deeply ashamed to even think of myself as an American any more. I don’t expect military confrontation to enter into it, but then I’ve underestimated his ignorance before. Sigh. I keep hoping to awaken from this nightmare. Thanks again, my friend.

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  3. The following three events are connected if you believe James Clapper when he says Trump is a Russian Asset: On June 5th James Comey told an audience in Ottawa to expect Putin to attack Canada: “Former FBI director James Comey told an Ottawa audience Tuesday to expect Russian interference in Canadian elections because they “succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in the United States.”

    On June 10 Trump and his sycophants begin an attack on the Canadian Prime Minister.

    And at the G6 Trump begins to shift foreign policy away from democracies and toward more authoritarian regimes just as Putin would want.

    Americans don’t have to look very hard to see what Trump is–Trump doesn’t even bother to hide it anymore.

    Donald Trump and his enablers in the GOP majority have betrayed the American people.

    I despair for my country.

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    • A chilling connection, indeed. My question is this, though … since Trump isn’t even bothering to hide it any more, what does that mean? I don’t like the answers that are coming to my mind, but also am trying hard not to be a conspiracy theorist. And I guess the second question would be one that you and I have both asked numerous times before: since, as you say, Americans don’t need to look very hard to see what Trump is, then WHY are so many not seeing it??? Like you, I despair for the country and fear that too many are placing great hope in the mid-terms and that those hopes may be dashed.

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      • Conspiracy Theories are cooked up to discredit real conspiracies.

        In the case of Trump/Russia we have evidence from credible sources such as Robert Mueller’s Indictments which are fact based and further vetted by credible global news outlets.

        There is so much fact based evidence for so many crimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

        One of the reasons so many people don’t see it is Trump/Putin is effective at using weaponized lies to gaslight the public.

        Why is Trump not bothering to hide it?

        Because Trump thinks Americans will buy the argument that regardless of how he became
        President, he is the President and there’s nothing we can do about it.

        Trump is betting that most Americans are too corrupt to care.

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        • I fully agree with your gaslighting theory as to why people are not seeing him as he really is. Another reader, Keith, has been saying exactly the same. As to why he isn’t bothering to hide it, your theory is a little less drastic than mine, so i like yours better. Mine was that perhaps he has already figured out how to shift from being the president to being the dictator, with a little help from his buddy Vlad, of course, and that the wheels were already set in motion. I keep envisioning him creating a “national security crisis” that would cause him to cancel the November mid-terms if it appeared that blue wave were going to materialize. I hope my mind is simply working overtime, but so much has happened that once was unthinkable …

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    • I know how you feel. Just when I think we’ve hit rock bottom, we sink even lower. I think he thrives on being the center of attention, whether positive or negative. A regime change is definitely needed, but short of assassination, don’t hold your breath for it to happen anytime soon. 😥

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  4. Canada should indeed build a wall and charge us for it, but they are smart enough not to wreck the environment doing so, and they are also probably smart enough to know trump will be gone sometime, and the rest of us can’t be all that dumb. I hope so.

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    • For now, our Canadian friends understand that Trump is not representative of the majority in this nation. But, if he is allowed to continue in this vein, there will come a point where the entire nation is judged by his bad behaviour, just as Germans were judged in large part by Hitler’s. Let us hope for a regime change soon!

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  5. “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump”???????????????????????????
    This Navarro guy…. He doesn’t by any chance still live with his Mom in an untidy bedroom? Because he certainty sounds like it.
    ‘Special place in hell!’……………….for Pity’s Sake grow up sonny!

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    • Thank you, my friend. Let us hope that doesn’t happen again, though. And if you see a plane headed directly for the White House … just let it go on to its destination! Yes, I am beginning to have a cruel streak these days. 😈

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  6. Dear Jill,

    The number one threat against the US national security interests is our US president, his minions and the GOP in the US Congress who are shaking in their boots, cowering in their corners as they Kow-tow to the bully-in -chief.

    When the president acted out against Canada after the G7 summit, he was doing the bidding of Russia. Russia’s number one goal has been to drive a wedge between the US and our allies, other democracies.

    And he was catering to his base where most of them are fine with what the president is doing.

    Frankly, I have no desire to be part of Trump’s world.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I am in complete agreement with you. I do not wish to be any part of his world either. It seems that each day he makes me a little angrier than the day before. His behaviour toward our friends, followed by him fawning over Kim Jong-un, makes me physically ill. Yes, I believe he is doing Putin’s bidding and his followers are either unable or unwilling to see it.
      Hugs!!!

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  7. As a Canadian, I’m grateful for this lovely post, JIll. Most Canadians are well aware that Trump speaks for himself and his base supporters.
    I know that many Americans have spoken out against Trump’s comments, but I was particularly moved by Robert De Niro’s statements of apology at an event in Toronto yesterday. He repeated his two-word response that he made at the Tony Awards and went on to apologize to Canada and Trudeau for his president’s “idiotic behavior.” Toronto Mayor John Tory who shared the state with him responded saying that he had two words as well: “Thank You!” De Niro laughed with the crowd.
    Clearly, this self-proclaimed ‘Deal Maker’ has succeeded only in deal breaking since he came to office. When Trudeau retaliated with tariffs against American goods, he set a date of July 1st – in the hope that Trump could be persuaded to remove his tariffs against Canada before that date. I guess there’s not much chance of that now. Whatever happens, I’m proud that Trudeau and other Canadian officials have not lashed back at Trump and his minions with personal attacks and insults. Very sad situation.

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    • Thanks John! Trump is nothing, in my book, but an embarrassment to our nation. Justin Trudeau is so much more than Trump can ever be, and the dignity with which he has handled this situation is commendable. I saw Trump’s tweet in response to De Niro, and I couldn’t resist leaving a snarky comment on it, saying that I applaud De Niro and fully agree with him! Gronda re-tweeted my comment, so I hope that one way or another, Trump sees it. All of my Canadian friends have been super in not blaming the nation, but if this continues, eventually it will reflect badly on us all. Let us hope for a regime change soon! Hugs!!!

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Oh Canada …. ‘At this juncture, I would like to humbly and sincerely apologize to Prime Minister Trudeau and all Canadians on behalf of myself and the majority of citizens in this nation for the inane and unfair language and behavior of our representatives. We would not blame you if you closed your borders to U.S. citizens and you would be well within your rights to do so, but we hope that you won’t. Please forgive us.’ … my sentiments exactly!!

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  9. Jill, good post. In my support of the Senator Corker tariffs bill, which would assume governance by Congress of tariffs for national security reasons, I have shared similar sentiments, with Senate staff. One of America’s strengths is our relationship with our allies. Bullying them, lying about them, and not working collaboratively with them are far more harmful than the ill-conceived tariffs. Not supporting our allies on improving the Iran deal, backing out of an Asia-Pacific trade deal, being difficult with NAFTA dropping in a requirement at the end, pulling out of Paris Climate Change Accord and just demeaning them are all prima facie evidence of his lack of trustworthiness and inreliabilty. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! I absolutely agree. His behaviour at the G7 was boorish and rude, acting as you said in another comment, just like a spoiled brat. I hope Corker’s bill passes, but I don’t know what will happen when it reaches the House, and it will need a veto-proof majority, for you know Trump won’t willingly sign it. A long fight ahead, I fear, but one definitely worth fighting.

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  10. What amazes me more than Trump are the sycophantic, supposedly educated/intelligent minions that surround him…AND….looking on meekly, an obsequious House of Reps and Senate. 😨😨Hugs

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  11. Very well said and deeply understood. I commiserate with you. I’m a citizen of the USA and I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life as I’ve been by our idiotic president…. in the last few days especially. I was so angry that he insulted Justin Trudeau and all of Canada the way he did.

    I live in Ohio and have traveled to Canada often with my family… often enough that we’ve known and stayed with Canadian friends at their home during our trips across our northern border. The Canadians are wonderful people and their Prime Minister is solid gold. If I thought I could actually reach Justin Trudeau, I would write him a letter begging him not to judge the USA by this parasitic tapeworm an electoral majority of idiots chose as their president. I would assure him that the sensible folks in the USA are trying very hard to restore sanity within our borders and we’ll hopefully have a real and RESPONSIBLE leader in the Oval Office in 2020.

    Meanwhile, we cringe with everything Donald Trump does. I’m afraid to even speculate how low he can go, and how much more damage he can do to our country and the entire world.

    All I can say is, ‘Sorry World that our President is a 5-Star A**hole. Not every American is an idiot… the sensible among us tried so hard to keep him out, but stupidity, bigotry and hatred won this time around.’

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    • Welcome! And thank you for your thoughtful comment. It happens that we have a few things in common, for I live in Ohio also (a northern suburb of Cincinnati) and feel very much the same as you regarding the abomination sitting in the Oval Office. I checked out your blog, very much liked what I saw and am now following.

      My fear with Trump is that some of the damage he is doing may take decades to repair, and some may not even be reparable by the time he leaves office. My frustration extends to Congress, who are so busy licking Trump’s boots that they haven’t got time to do the job they are supposed to do — represent We The People!

      Again, thanks and I hope you’ll come back for another visit!

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      • Thanks Jill for your follow-up! Happy to have you as a fellow Ohioan also! Cincinnati is a beautiful city which I love to visit!

        I’m following you as well because I also like what I see and read on your blog… thanks very much for following us!

        I agree with you completely. The damage Trump has done to our country will take decades to repair (and we may never be able to repair the damage which is being done to our world with global warming / climate change.)

        Trump was just another attention-seeking billionaire before he stuck his nose into politics. He ran for office a few times but never got far, always dropping out while people wrote him off as a total fool. I always thought he was a jerk for even entertaining the notion of a presidential run while having zero qualifications and political experience. Never once did I imagine he would ever sit in office. Then as we all unfortunately know, he ran and won the election in 2016.

        I have so much contempt for him. He treated the highest office in our land as if it was some kind of joke. I feel the same contempt for all the people who could vote for a person who has no business whatsoever of becoming President. Call it the Dunning-Kruger Effect or whatever, but they seem to have no clue how much damage they did and how much damage will have been done by the time Trump’s term is up. They also don’t seem to care. He won, he’s in office, he’s a nightmare and they’re happy about it.

        I think this is the problem we could never have envisioned in our country… having so many citizens who LOVE the fact our president is the worst type of human being. Only about half of us want to ‘throw the bum out’, which makes it awfully ‘iffy’ the way the Electoral College works. There’s still plenty of his diehard supporters around to put him back in office in 2020 which is sobering. A second Trump presidency would simply be the end, I think. We just can’t let that happen.

        Sorry for the rant! I meant to only thank you for your comment and for following us! You have a nice one Jill and keep up the great work!! — Greg

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  12. I have never set foot in the USA so could not possibly comment – we do of course in private. I was just as devastated when Britain voted to leave the EU. Of course it wasn’t perfect, but countries should always aim to work together, now so much time is being wasted trying to get us out instead of helping the world and the environmment. The USA should surely keep close ties with its neighbours, stay friends with Canda and extend a hand out towards Mexico instead of …well you know well…

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